Electronic medical records probed for over-billing

By Fred Schulte

Are feds doing all they can to ferret out waste from move to electronic records?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Technology":

"… hat,” Farzad Mostashari, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said Wednesday at a hearing of policy experts studying the billing issue. …"

IMPACT: Administration official asks for Medicare billing review

By Fred Schulte

Administration official wants to know if electronic health records are causing Medicare over-billing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… some doctors and hospitals to overbill Medicare.Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the Obama administration’s National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said in an int …"

"… tal medical record for every American within ten years. In early 2009, the Obama administration added billions of dollars in stimulus funds in the hopes that electronic h …"

"… th enhance the quality of medical care and hold costs in check.In all, the Obama administration expects to spend more than $30 billion helping doctors and hospitals purch …"

Gingrich's health center was power player in a host of Washington policy debates

By Fred Schulte and Joe Eaton

Gingrich's Center for Health Transformation was power player on host of issues

Excerpts from this story referencing "Al Franken":

"… ar on avoidable hospitalizations.”The legislation was introduced by Sen. Al Franken, a liberal Minnesota Democrat and fellow Democrat Kay Hagan of North Carol …"

Panel recommends new agency to investigate safety of health information technology

By Kimberly Leonard

Institute of Medicine panel recommends new regulatory body, not FDA

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… gister and list their products with the Office of the National Coordinator. …"

"… hat is bound to be controversial.The eagerly anticipated report, titled “Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care,” will be …"

"… he findings from the report were presented October 28 to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its agencies.The question of who should regul …"

"… f Medicine (IOM) a year ago to establish a Committee on Patient Safety and Health Information Technology to make recommendations to the government about how …"

As states build exchanges, questions linger about interoperability

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Lingering questions about interoperability of state health information exchanges

Excerpts from this story referencing "Technology":

"… val of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology. As a result, a wide array of models are being used.  Some state …"

Stimulus funds will build state health exchanges but might not sustain them

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Federal stimulus money will build exchanges, but may not be enough to sustain them

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jim Leonard":

"… bsp; “All of this was made possible by voluntary funding stream,” said Jim Leonard, director of the office of the state coordinator for health information te …"

Health information technology: Keep it simple

By Kimberly Leonard

Reports say systems must be understandable to avoid dangerous medical errors

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… echnical Evaluation, Testing and Validation of the Usability of Electronic Health Records,” is available for informal public comment until Nov. 10, 2011. …"

"… ion of the patient record because the system is daunting to practitioners. Health care providers might also be confused about how to access the information …"

"… attributable to the perplexing nature of the technology, the report says. Health care providers have been deterred from going digital, other researchers ha …"

Health information technology: Incentives may not always serve intended purpose

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Some payments may be going to doctors who have been using electronic health records for years

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… als were included in the first batch to receive incentive payments through Medicare — payments that totaled $75 million. Those payments began during the two …"

"… two weeks following the launch of the program April 18 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The details of the initial batch were relea …"

"… ive software update.The incentive program, to be administered through both Medicare and Medicaid, is part of President Barack Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus …"

"… CMS spokesman said the agency has distributed nearly $400 million in both Medicare and Medicaid payments, and that by the end of the summer, that figure migh …"

Podiatrists have their foot in the door

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Podiatrists are taking advantage of payments for installing electronic health records

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicaid":

"… providers,” Christina said. In May, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a list of the first 320 recipients of “meaningfu …"

Only 15 of top 100 health information technology firms are lobbying on health IT

By Josh Israel

Many of the top health information technnology firms don't lobby on health IT

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ann Richardson Berkey":

"… focus on helping health care providers best manage their health IT efforts.Ann Richardson Berkey, senior vice president for public affairs for McKesson Corp. (the single l …"

Just 16 of top health IT firms maintain corporate PACs

By Josh Israel

Many of the major players in health information technology do not sponsor corporate political action committees

Privacy advocates want stricter rules for online, patient-controlled health records

By Kimberly Leonard

Privacy groups say clearer rules are needed for online, patient-controlled health records, but an HHS study of the issue is 18 months late

Excerpts from this story referencing "Patrick Kennedy":

"… f legislative efforts went nowhere. In 2006 and again in 2007, former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., introduced bills that would provide financial incentives for the …"

Excluded groups want in on health information technology funding

By Kimberly Leonard

Economic stimulus package has $27 billion for health IT; excluded providers are fighting for a slice

Excerpts from this story referencing "Adam Kinzinger":

"… chigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow on the Senate side and Illinois Republican Adam Kinzinger on the House side, would amend HITECH to qualify health centers for incent …"

Insurance brokers seek health reform change to safeguard profits

By Josh Israel

Insurance brokers seek change in health reform provision to protect profits

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Association of Insurance Commissioners":

"… bill faces an uncertain future.Timothy S. Jost, a consumer advocate at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and a professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, doubts tha …"

Proposed bill aims to expand health IT funds to mental health providers

By Kimberly Leonard and Josh Israel

Stimulus bill left many providers out, but costs of including them may doom the measure....

Excerpts from this story referencing "physician":

"… ll reduce medical errors, simplify administrative processes, and rebalance physician reimbursements to pay for the best quality care instead of the number of p …"

GOP deficit-cutters eye health IT stimulus funds as Obama’s point man leaves

By Kimberly Leonard

Billions of unspent stimulus dollars slated for electronic health records are now a target for lawmakers searching the federal budget for cu

Excerpts from this story referencing "economist":

"… say neither House measure is likely to become law in its current form.But economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former head of the Congressional Budget Office and …"

Will digital technology reduce gap in health between rich and poor?

By Emma Schwartz

Two years ago, the Ethio American Health Center opened its doors in the nation’s capital, promising the country’s largest community of Ethio

Excerpts from this story referencing "senior vice president":

"… experiences of a much broader group of Americans,” said Adolph Falcón, senior vice president of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, an advocacy group.Research s …"

Push for safety oversight of electronic medical records is moving at a crawl

By Emma Schwartz

Nearly two years after the Obama administration announced plans to spend $40 billion to help doctors and hospitals adopt electronic medical

Excerpts from this story referencing "Healthcare":

"… tary reports.And the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research is developing tests doctors can run on their systems …"

"… of the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, is that the technology is often one of the factors, …"

FDA, Obama digital medical records team at odds over safety oversight

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Previously undisclosed hospital mixup underscores challenges on road to reform

Excerpts from this story referencing "Midwest":

"… e’ll get to the bottom of it and fix it,” he said. …"

Amid digital records surge, a lack of policing by the FDA

By Emma Schwartz and Fred Schulte

Government offers incentives to buy electronic devices it doesn't track for safety

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… tion after receiving the reports, despite criticism from the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General, who in October of last year cit …"

"… tics professor and specialist in patient safety at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.On Wednesday, a federal advisory committee is ex …"

"… ly malfunctions. Most of the reports involve three companies. They are: GE Healthcare, Cerner Corp., a major maker of electronic Health records and Philips …"

"… r somehow reversed in transit. The manufacturer of the device involved, GE Healthcare, stated in the 2008 report that the problem occurred in the trans …"

As doctors shift to electronic health systems, signs of harm emerge

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Reports link system malfunctions to injuries, deaths

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… Jeffrey Shuren, who directs the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Shuren, who made the remark at a gathering of government officials and sa …"

"… lves far more than simply transferring paper records into a digital format.Health professionals use CPOE to type in orders for prescription medicines, diagn …"

Effort to track medical safety issues faces long road ahead

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Panel seeks centralized data on hazards related to digital systems

Excerpts from this story referencing "hurt":

"… to patients is minimal because most mistakes are caught before anyone gets hurt.The proposed database could help designers work out software bugs before t …"

FDA asks hospitals to report safety glitches in digital health systems

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

In letter to 350 health centers, agency signals growing concern

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… t month, Marilyn Flack, of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said use of digital medical equipment “continues to grow and affect pat …"

Stimulus to push electronic health records could widen 'digital divide'

By Fred Schulte

Federal plan may leave behind small hospitals and rural doctors

Experts: Safety oversight needed as patient records go digital

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

With digital transition approaching for many practices, safety and security issues continue to surface

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… hospitals adopt the systems. Digitizing medicine is a high priority in the Obama administration’s campaign to reform health care. Earlier this week, the U.S. Food …"

"… ery American by 2014 was first set under President George W. Bush. But the Obama administration raised the stakes by pressing for billions of dollars in stimulus funding …"

FDA considers regulating safety of electronic health systems

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Reports of patient harm include six deaths in two years

Shopping for health software, some doctors get buyer’s remorse

By Emma Schwartz

Volatile industry prompts calls for oversight of firms’ financial strength

Excerpts from this story referencing "Technology":

"… oversight through the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT), a nonprofit organization contracted by the government to certify …"

Switch to electronic health records could miss federal targets

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Cut in stimulus spending suggests early estimates of the cost for the switch were too optimistic

Excerpts from this story referencing "Technology":

"… ials and David Blumenthal, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.The document provides the most detailed information to date on the progres …"

Daschle had public and private role in push for digital health records

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Former Sen. Tom Daschle kept Washington's revolving door spinning

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harry Reid":

"… p at a private meeting on Nov. 30 in the office of Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-Nev.), where top Senate and White House officials had huddled to hash o …"

Stimulus fuels gold rush for electronic health systems

By Fred Schulte

Competition among companies spawns bus tour, creative sales techniques

Excerpts from this story referencing "technology firms":

"… to electronic medical records has touched off a gold rush among scores of technology firms — even as many experts question whether the benefits of the products are …"

"… industry veterans see the stimulus spending as more of a windfall for big technology firms than a sensible use of tax subsidies.Prices for the systems “are simply …"

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